The Design & Technology Curriculum
In Design & Technology, our mission is to provide an engaging, challenging and fun curriculum, where students are encouraged to become independent and innovative designers of the future.
The Design and Technology department teaches practical skills that are transferable to other subjects and life outside school. For example, measurements and solving statistical problems (Mathematics); experimenting with nutrients (Biology/Chemistry); finding sustainable energy (Physics), sustainability (Geography); and isometric drawing (Art).
At Key Stage 3, students have one lesson of Design & Technology (D&T) and one lesson of Food Preparation & Nutrition (FT) per week for the academic year
At the start of Year 7, students have a basic skills project (Skills Box) over 6 weeks. This gives us information on students’ practical skills. After 6 weeks, students take a baseline assessment to see what students have learnt in D&T at KS2. This is used to identify the More Able Students (MAT) in D&T and FT.
In Year 7, two projects, Mechanical toy and Mobile Stand in D&T and one in nutrition, are designed so that students start with basic skills covering health and safety in the workshop that lead on to more complex skills, such as hand tool skills and computer-aided design (CAD).
In Year 8, two projects, Clock and Electronic Dice covers a wide range of skills, specialist tools, techniques and machinery, such as electronics and CAD/CAM (computer aided manufacture-laser cutter). The FT project is designed to cover health and nutrition for different age groups, and to move students on from basic practical skills to more complex skills.
In Year 9, two projects Mood Light and 3D printed USB stick in D&T and a Healthy Eating project in FT are designed to cover more complex knowledge and skills to support transition to KS4 e.g. use of Fusion 360 and 3D printing to manufacture prototypes.
At KS4 in Design & Technology, the curriculum is planned to prepare students for KS5. Throughout year 10, students complete a wide variety of design and make tasks that develop their knowledge and understanding of different material areas and industrial processes. By the end of year 10, students are prepared to start the Non-exam assessment (NEA), for which they are required to design, develop and prototype a solution/s for an identified problem, using the skills, techniques and processes that they have develop over since year 7.
Food Preparation & Nutrition and Child Development are taught at KS4.
In Food Preparation and Nutrition, students explore the Food science aspects of the subject through experiments that develop their understanding of the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of food ingredients.
The making of different dishes helps students gain knowledge and understanding behind the planning, preparation, cooking and presentation of food, and application of nutrition.
Child Development aims to develop knowledge and skills to gain an understanding of working with children. Many of the skills learnt are transferable to other subjects, and it is designed to prepare students for further qualifications in Child Care, Health and Social Care, Psychology, Sociology and Biology. It provides a strong base for progression to Further Education, whether it is on to Level 3 Technical Awards, A Levels, or an apprenticeship. â
A level Product Design
At Key Stage 5, students further build on their knowledge and understanding of D&T to prepare them to study the subject at university level, including areas such as product design, industrial design and architecture. Students develop their skills in designing, developing and manufacturing complex products to a greater level of accuracy and precision.